From running on a treadmill to driving cars, I’m a firm believer in the faster the better – and that applies to showering, too. Now, I’m not going to deny how good a long, steamy shower feels after a workout, but spending too much time under hot running water is bad not only from an environmental point of view, but also for your skin. The heat and steam dries your skin out and washes away the natural oils that have been tasked with protecting your body from rashes and irritations.
Dermatologists recommend capping your shower to 10 minutes, which isn’t a lot of time when you’re talking hair, face, and two square metres of skin! Here’s how I get the most out of my time in the shower.
Step 1: Hair
This is where you can really streamline your showering. Have you ever read the back of a shampoo bottle that tells you to repeat the process twice? Who’s got time for that? I pare it back even further by using a 2 in 1 shampoo that hydrates and conditions as it cleanses, so I can do away with the double wash and the separate conditioner. Made from organic peppermint and nettle, it smells great – and my hair is shiny and easy to style afterwards.
Step 2: Body
When it comes to washing my body, I want something that’s going to effectively cut through the daily sweat and grime. Forget about creamy cleansers smelling like your nanna’s sock drawer. Handsome body wash is made from organic lime, bergamot and banksia, with an invigorating fragrance that really wakes me up while I wash. It has a nice lather too so I can rinse off in no time.
Step 3: Face
For my last step in the shower, I like to use a face wash that does double-duty as an anti-ageing treatment. Now, hyaluronic acid doesn’t sound like something I’d usually want to apply for my face, but trust me, this all-natural ingredient has a kind of hydrating superpower, leaving my skin nice and smooth. It’s also full of vitamin E and essential oils, and a zesty blend of organic orange, ylang ylang and bergamot that tightens my pores and cuts through the excess grease and sweat of my workout.
That’s it, in and out in under 10 minutes. Then it’s onto a bit of grooming, and we’re good to go.